After four-and-a-half years, Redeemer City Church finally has a place to call its own.
“It’s a great space,” Nate Hobert, one of the congregation’s two pastors, said.
On April 14, the church held its first service at its new-to-them building at 5356 King James Way, former home of a design company, after being hosted at Chavez Elementary since its inception in 2015.
When the church began renovating the building last summer, Hobert said, they were taking out 10-foot walls from sample kitchens leftover from the previous tenant.
The goal for the space is for church services on Sundays and to host spiritual groups throughout the week, and then share it with other entities through partnerships to help serve the community, Hobert said.
They’ve got the room for it, Hobert said, with the 11,000-square-foot space providing plenty of space for Hobert and his co-pastor Casey Johnson to design the facility with the needs of community groups in mind.
“What’s really sweet about this whole transition, is that since day one, this has always been our vision,” he said. “As we gather, we’re in the scriptures looking at this God and what He’s about, but as we gather in small groups each week, we’re trying to live it out in different ways.
“Moving into this facility is the next step into what we’ve always been about,” Hobert added.
The church is partnering with the Verona Area School District, with after-school activities for Country View Elementary School students in the works, the Fitchburg Library, Badger Prairie Needs Network, where a room in the church’s new space will be dedicated to a pantry, and “flex offices” for social workers who need a space as they assist nearby residents.
The church has built those partnerships over the first years of its congregation, but having the new space has enabled it to further serve the community, Hobert said.
“It’s been built with that whole mindset of, ‘How can the space not just serve our congregation, but how does it also serve the community?’” he said.
Hobert said they’re still developing other programming and partnerships with community programs could look like.
The King James Way neighborhood is part of the Dane County Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, which provided a grant to BPNN to help open the pantry inside the church. Hobert said he hopes to pursue similar partnerships to provide community services.
“We want to just serve and learn and love well,” he said.